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Author Outomuro, David ♦ Adams, Dean C. ♦ Johansson, Frank
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer US
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2012
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Life sciences; biology
Subject Keyword Geometric morphometrics ♦ Phylogeny ♦ Sexual signaling ♦ Wing pigmentation ♦ Evolutionary Biology ♦ Ecology ♦ Developmental Biology ♦ Human Genetics ♦ Animal Genetics and Genomics
Abstract Flight has conferred an extraordinary advantage to some groups of animals. Wing shape is directly related to flight performance and evolves in response to multiple selective pressures. In some species, wings have ornaments such as pigmented patches that are sexually selected. Since organisms with pigmented wings need to display the ornament while flying in an optimal way, we might expect a correlative evolution between the wing ornament and wing shape. We examined males from 36 taxa of calopterygid damselflies that differ in wing pigmentation, which is used in sexual displays. We used geometric morphometrics and phylogenetic comparative approaches to analyse whether wing shape and wing pigmentation show correlated evolution. We found that wing pigmentation is associated with certain wing shapes that probably increase the quality of the signal: wings being broader where the pigmentation is located. Our results also showed correlated evolution between wing pigmentation and wing shape in hind wings, but not in front wings, probably because hind wings are more involved in signalling than front wings. The results imply that the evolution of diversity in wing pigmentations and behavioural sexual displays might be an important driver of speciation due to important pre-copulatory selective pressures.
ISSN 00713260
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2012-12-13
Publisher Place Boston
e-ISSN 19342845
Journal Evolutionary Biology
Volume Number 40
Issue Number 2
Page Count 10
Starting Page 300
Ending Page 309


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